Online Research Tool Goes Pro
Collaborative technology developer WebNotes has released WebNotes Pro to the public. The hosted service is designed to help researchers and students share and annotate content and disseminate work through automatically generated reports.
WebNotes Pro, which has been in a private beta since December 2008, is an online research tool that allows users to highlight and annotate their work. It provides the ability to place sticky notes on documents and highlight text in various colors. Annotated content can then be shared with colleagues using e-mail or permanent links. The service can also generate reports automatically and output the reports as HTML and PDF documents.
The service hosts users' annotated content (which, by default, is kept private) and provides access to the content via any Internet-connected computer. WebNotes Pro supports a variety of browsers and operating systems and can be installed as a toolbar or bookmarklet.
"Information sharing for research has become noticeably easier using WebNotes," said Dan Morrill, CS/IS program director at City University of Seattle, in a statement released Monday by WebNotes. "Since using the tool, we have saved 60 [percent] to 75 [percent] of our time depending on the task, and the quality of our research has vastly improved."
A Group Solutions version of the service is also available for schools. It includes a unique Web address, built-in administration tools, and custom branding features.
Further information, as well as access to a free trial of WebNotes Pro, is available here.
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